You’ll never sound like Stevie Ray Vaughan using blues scales. That’s because he didn’t study or play scales to get his sound. He studied and played licks. There’s a big difference.
Many of the licks he played can be captured in 5 simple shapes. They’re not scales, just guidelines. This is a shortcut (and it’s not for everyone) but if you can’t make your scales sound great, you might be working too hard.
This lesson introduces the concept of the 5 Essential Blues Boxes, doing a brief explanation of what each box sounds like.
Lesson 2 addresses some common questions about this approach to soloing. Specifically how it relates to scales, etc.
Go in-depth with Box 1.
An in-depth look at Box 2.
An in-depth look at Box 3.
A brief look at Box 4.
An in-depth look at Box 5.
This lesson introduces a repeating pattern of notes that we can use at 4 different places to ascend the fretboard, landing in a different Box based on where we start.